NEWPORT NEWS, Va. An artist conception of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 80), the third nuclear-powered aircraft carrier of the Gerald R. Ford-class planned for building at Newport News Shipbuilding. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries.
Navy awards contract for construction of two carriers
From the Office of the
Navy Chief of Information
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy has awarded a contract for the construction of CVN 80 and CVN 81 to Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS). This contract award delivers significant savings to the government – exceeding $4 billion when compared to the Navy’s original cost estimates to procure these CVNs separately.
“Today marks a great team effort to drive out cost and maximize efficiency in government procurement,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Focusing on optimizing construction activities and material procurement, the team was able to achieve significant savings as compared to individual procurement contracts. One contract for construction of the two ships will enable the shipbuilder flexibility to best employ its skilled workforce to design once and build twice for unprecedented labor reductions while providing stability and opportunities for further efficiencies within the nuclear industrial base.”
In addition to these savings, the contract includes ship integration costs of several modifications required to meet emerging threats including the F-35C Lightning II, MK 38 gun system and MQ-25 Stingray Unmanned Aircraft System. These modifications increase the lethality of the FORD Class, and represent an additional $100 million in savings that is in addition to the $4 billion, since these new capabilities were not included in the original single-CVN Navy estimate. Plus, these new savings associated with new capabilities increases to $200 million if installed in the ship before delivery, in comparison to installing after ship delivery.
This Fixed Price Incentive (Firm Target) (FPIF) contract limits the Navy’s liability and incentivizes the shipyard’s best performance. The contract guarantees a single technical baseline for both ships, which allows the shipyard to re-use engineering rollover products, minimize changes between the two ships and leverage economic order quantities for equipment and material procurement.
ENTERPRISE (CVN 80) is the third ship of the FORD-Class and the numerical replacement for USS EISENHOWER (CVN 69). CVN 81, not yet named, will be the fourth ship of the class and will be the numerical replacement for USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70). CVN 80 began advanced planning and initial long lead time material procurement in May 2016.
NRL Tech Transfer Office forges collaboration with tech incubator
by By Jonathan B. Holloway, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Technology Transfer Office at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory forged a strategic partnership with 1776, the nation’s largest network of entrepreneurial incubators, to foster innovative-intellectual exchange and gainful collaborative agreements.
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“This partnership will provide NRL scientists with the opportunity to engage with innovators and investors in the private sector,” said Amanda Horansky McKinney, head of NRL’s Technology Transfer Office. “NRL and tech startups are similar in their focus on cutting-edge technology and innovation, but an active, ongoing dialogue between our communities hasn’t yet existed.”
Gaining early visibility of new technology-driven markets can help NRL researchers understand the culture, mindset and tools tech startups use to think differently about the future — an advantage that can be leveraged in developing future naval capabilities....read more
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CNIC; Navy Installations Command; Sailor of the Year; Ready Navy
by MCC Brian Morales,
Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- A Brooklyn native currently assigned to Naval Security Force Bahrain was selected as the 2019 Shore Enterprise Sailor of the Year during a ceremony held at Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) headquarters at the historic Washington Navy Yard, Feb. 6.
Master-at-Arms 1st Class Yanitsa Wiley was selected from among 70 other installation Sailor of the Year recipients to earn the prestigious award.
“Breathe taking. It’s absolutely an honor,” said Wiley, who will go on to represent CNIC for the Navy-wide Sailor of the Year award.
Wiley, representing Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia, was among the three finalists who went before the CNIC Sailor of the Year board conducted by a panel of senior enlisted leaders.
Each Sailor was invited to tour the National Capital Region and competed in a final board. They were evaluated on job performance, contributions to command climate, peer group involvement, educational accomplishments, physical fitness standards and participation in community service activities.
“These Sailors are truly impressive,” said Vice Adm. Mary Jackson, commander of Navy Installations Command. “They competed at the base level, at the region level and now here at CNIC. The hardest part of this process is that you have to pick one, because if I could, I would pick all three. Congratulations to our Sailors. I am very proud of each of you.”
Wiley has served in the Navy for more than 10 years, starting her naval career in the Reserves.
She transitioned to active duty in 2014.
“I met nine incredible Sailors at region,” said Wiley. “They all deserve the chance to be here and my peers that were here throughout this week at CNIC were incredible as well.”
After the ceremony, Wiley spoke of her approach to her leadership. “I’m the first person in and the last person out every day,” she said. “But my junior Sailors make it worth it.”
U.S. Navy successfully conducts AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar ballistic missile test
From PEO IWS Public Affairs
KAUAI, Hawaii (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy's AN/SPY-6(V)1 Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) successfully tracked a ballistic missile target, Jan. 31.
The short range ballistic missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility. AN/SPY-6(V)1 AMDR searched for, detected, and maintained track on the target as predicted. The flight test, designated Vigilant Nemesis, is the final developmental test in a series of ballistic missile defense flight tests for the AN/SPY-6(V)1 AMDR.
"The radar performed exactly as predicted. This completes our rigorous developmental test program to support the on-time delivery of the Navy's newest Flight III destroyer." Capt. Seiko Okano, major program manager for Above Water Sensors, Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS).
Based on preliminary data, the test successfully met its primary objectives. Program officials will continue to evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test.
Integrated air and missile defense testing commenced in March of 2017 with the successful completion of the first live ballistic missile flight test mission for the AN/SPY-6(V)1 radar named Vigilant Hunter. Vigilant Nemesis was the capstone ballistic missile test for the AN/SPY-6(V)1 AMDR and the 15th live ballistic missile test for the radar's development phase.
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Family PCS travel flexibility
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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy has expanded the eligible categories for advanced dependent travel (ADT) and delayed dependent travel (DDT), personnel officials announced in September.
For permanent change of station (PCS) moves within the 50 states, the policy allows for dependent travel of up to six months before or after the sponsoring Sailor’s PCS move in the following situations: spousal employment or education, dependents in elementary or secondary school (K-12), dependent enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program, or caring for an immediate family member with a chronic or long-term illness. The previous approved policy that allowed DDT for the length of the school year is unchanged by this expansion.
For moves from the 50 states to overseas locations, only DDT will be authorized. For moves from overseas locations to the 50 states, only ADT will be authorized.
Sailors will only receive one housing allowance, either for their location or their dependent’s location, under delayed or advance travel. Sailors or dependents may be assigned government quarters if available, but may not displace a member or dependent in government housing.
Requests for DDT or ADT must be submitted to Navy Personnel Command (PERS-451).
For information and answers to questions on this policy, email NXAG_N130C@navy.mil.
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NAVFAC announces 2018 Naval Construction Force award winners
From Naval Facilities Engineering Command Headquarters Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) announced the winners of the 2018 Moreell Medal, Marvin Shields Award, Steelworker Second Class Robert D. Stethem Award, and Rear Adm. Lewis B. Combs Award, recognizing outstanding performance in the Naval Construction Force (NCF), Jan. 19.
Rear Adm. John W. Korka, commander, NAVFAC, and chief of civil engineers, was honored to recognize the recipients of the calendar year 2018 Steelworker Second Class Robert D. Stethem Award and Rear Adm. Lewis B. Combs award on behalf of the Civil Engineer Corps (CEC)-Seabee Historical Foundation.
"These awards are given annually by the foundation to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Navy and the nation while perpetuating the legacies of Petty Officer Stethem and Rear Admiral Combs," stated Korka.
The Steelworker Second Class Robert D. Stethem Award, recognizing outstanding individual moral courage in support of Seabee traditions while conducting actual operations, was awarded to Steelworker 1st Class Daniel C. Bittle of Naval Special Warfare Group Two Logistics and Support Unit.
The winner of the 2018 Rear Adm. Lewis B. Combs Award was Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan M. Pilon of Thirtieth Naval Construction Regiment. The award, named for the assistant to the chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks under Adm. Ben Moreell during World War II, is presented to the individual who has made the most outstanding contribution in perpetuating the legacy of Seabee, CEC, and NAVFAC accomplishments and traditions.
The winner of the 2018 Marvin Shields Award was Utilitiesman 1st Class Cole A. Einhaus of Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center. The award is named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Marvin G. Shields. It is presented in recognition of the Seabee who has made extraordinary contributions to the mission of the Naval Construction Force and has upheld the highest traditions and legacy of the U.S. Navy Seabees over the last year.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Christopher Vollmer, Operations Officer For Underwater Construction Team Two, was this year's Moreell Medal winner. The Moreell Medal is given annually by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) to recognize an active or Reserve officer of the Navy Civil Engineer Corps, or a civilian employee of NAVFAC, that has made outstanding contributions to military engineering.
"The awardees for this year's awards represent the strength, determination and stalwart leadership of our force," Korka concluded. "They ensured the continued legacy and preservation of the proud heritage of the Civil Engineer Corps and the Seabees."
NAVFAC remains the shore facilities Systems Command that delivers its products and services per CNIC priorities and requirements, and CNIC/OPNAV/tenant command resourcing.
SPAWAR improves speed and quality of communications for warfighters at sea
by Elisha Gamboa,
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (NNS) -- Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) successfully concluded a rapid prototyping effort in December of 2018 for the Office of the Secretary of Defense to explore the use of 4G LTE technology as a communications system for ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore communications.
Efforts included fleet experimentation, field testing, in-lab testing, rapid prototyping and a mixed reality technology demonstration led by the Naval Medical Center in San Diego (NMCSD) Tele-Critical Care Unit (TCCU).
SSC Pacific supported NMCSD TCCU during a virtual critical care communications exercise, Nov. 15, to explore the use of 4G LTE and mixed reality technology to rapidly deliver telemedicine solutions to deployed Navy ships.
The 4G LTE technology selected for use was the General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) 4G Tactical Backbone (4GTB).
“The 4GTB was selected for operational demonstrations and further rapid prototyping as a result of successful demonstration at the Ship-to-Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation Advanced Naval Technology Exercise in April 2017,” said Neil Hoff, SSC Pacific wireless communications branch head.
Today, many Navy ships have an independent duty corpsman (IDC) to provide both routine and emergency medical care. 4G LTE technology combined with mixed reality equipment can provide corpsman remote access to additional medical personnel such as doctors, surgeons, and other specialists, otherwise known as telemedicine.
Telemedicine uses telecommunication and information technology to provide clinical health care from a distance, providing access to medical services that are usually not available at sea.
United Through Reading®
Deploying? Service members invited to record stories for family at San Diego USO
United Through Reading® is a program helping ease the stress of separation for military families by having deploying or deployed service members read children’s books aloud via DVD for their family to watch at home. This powerful program is available to all military units. It provides service members a chance to make lasting connections from afar. The DVD recording and the book are mailed to the child and family back home.
Service members who are leaving for training can also take part in this program. Being a parent is not required; service members can send the DVD & book(s) to any special child in their life such as younger sister or brother, niece, nephew or godchild.
On the day of the recording, service members are encouraged to dress in the attire they will be wearing while deployed/training, but this is not required. The room is private, so any special message, or those fun reading voices, will only be heard by the recipient of the DVD recording. USO San Diego has books available, or service members can bring their own. Our volunteers will help set up the camera and then leave the room. The DVD can hold a 30 minute recording.
Please e-mail USO San Diego Staff Member Nichole Duarte at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your appointment. This program is offered at both USO San Diego centers.